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ISSUE 214, November 2017

AEG shakes up London festival 
scene with Victoria Park deal 

AEG PRESENTS division Goldenvoice is to stage a new 40,000-capacity festival All Points East in London’s Victoria Park, after signing an exclusive five-year contract with the site owners. 

The deal means other festivals which previously used the park, such as Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) events Lovebox (cap. 30,000) and Citadel (25,000), along with Global’s Field Day (25,000), will relocate next year.

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Public safety ‘put in jeopardy’ by
festival failings, says report 

MUSIC FANS attending the collapsed Hope and Glory Festival (HGF) in Liverpool were lucky to escape without serious injuries, an independent report has found.

Commissioned by Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson and carried out by The Event Safety Shop (TESS), the report says the 12,500-capacity event held in St George’s Quarter, was poorly planned and suffered from “failures of management and operational control”.

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Power behind bid to reopen Subterania

FORMER MULTI-FESTIVAL owner and venue operator Vince Power has put forward plans to reopen the 600-capacity Subterania in west London.

According to the Evening Standard newspaper, Power has submitted a licence application to Kensington and Chelsea Council for the venue which operated between 1988 and 2003. During this time acts including Foo Fighters, Pulp, Eminem and Alanis Morissette performed at the venue in the early parts of their careers.

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Attempts by Metallica to control touts abandoned

ATTEMPTS TO stop ticket touting at Metallica shows were left in tatters after thousands of fans were allowed to bypass restrictions implemented by the band for their UK tour dates. 

The band, along with venues, including London’s The O2 (cap. 21,000), Glasgow’s SSE Hydro (13,000), Manchester Arena (20,000) and Birmingham’s Genting Arena (15,594), and promoter Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) had committed to personalised tickets and strict controls.

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PRS accused of being ‘outdated’

PERFORMANCE ROYALTY collection society PRS for Music has been criticised over the ‘outdated and fraudulent system’ it uses to collect live tariffs from venues.

The organisation charges a minimum of £39 to venues or three per cent of the gross receipts from tickets for each performance and asks for a set list to be provided.

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General manger appointed for Hull Venue

VENUE OPERATOR SMG Europe has appointed Dan Harris as general manager of Hull Venue (cap. 3,500), due to open next summer.

Harris will oversee management of the £36 million venue, while continuing his work at The Baths Hall (1,800) and The Plowright Theatre (354) – both in Scunthorpe - which also form part of SMG’s portfolio.

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NEC Group posts profits of £50.4m

CONCERTS BY Adele, Drake, Justin Bieber and Black Sabbath helped drive the NEC Group, operator of Arena Birmingham (cap. 15,800) and Genting Arena (15,700) to revenue of £157.7 million for the financial year 2016/17.

The figure is a rise of 17.9 per cent on the previous year, with a profit of £50.4m, up from £30.8m, before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation. 

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Indie festival awards

FOUNDER OF Secret Garden Party Freddie Fellowes was presented was the inaugural Pioneer Award during the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) awards ceremony, held on 30 October at DEPOT in Cardiff.

Other winners included Womb with a view at Shambala for Unique Festival Arena, Aespia (New Festival on the block) and IDLES (Live Act of the Year). Secret Garden Party also received the Best Smart Marketing Award.

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The modest trailblazer who changed the music industry 

PINK FLOYD, David Bowie, The Who, Genesis and Guns N’Roses are just a handful of the acts who owe a debt of gratitude to Harold Pendleton, the former chartered accountant who went on to shape the music business more than most people realise.

Pendleton died on 22 September at the age of 93, after a career that gave aspiring artistes a platform in the centre of London’s music industry, Soho, and created the country’s first true rock festival.

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Fans ‘fed up’ with resale rip-offs, says survey 

ALMOST THREE-quarters of music fans are concerned about the state of online ticketing, while 80 per cent believe secondary ticketing is a rip-off, new research shows. 

The Ticked Off: Consumer Attitudes to Secondary Ticketing report commissioned by FanFair Alliance, also found that 82 per cent wanted secondary sites such as Viagogo, eBay-owned Stubhub and Ticketmaster-owned Get Me In! and Seatwave, to be more transparent and show more details associated with the ticket. 

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Cellar looks to the future

THE MANAGER of The Cellar (cap. 150) in Oxford says the venue is taking steps to safeguard its future after surviving a threat to its existence.  

Landlords of the building, St Michael’s and All Saints’ Charities, had put forward plans to redevelop the basement venue into a retail space (see LIVE UK issue 213). 

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Plymouth seeks festival partner

PLYMOUTH CITY Council (PCC) is on the lookout for a new festival partner after its contract with MTV to stage MTV Crashes Plymouth (cap. 30,000) came to an end.

The two-day event has taken place on Plymouth Hoe for the last four years and this year featured Clean Bandit, Charli XCX, Busted and Sigma. 

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Ticketmaster wins Wolves trio 

TICKETMASTER HAS been named as the new ticketing provider for Wolverhampton Civic Halls, which comprises the Civic Hall (cap. 3,000), Wulfran Hall (1,134) and Slade Rooms (500).

City of Wolverhampton Council, which owns the venues, appointed the Live Nation Entertainment-owned company following a tendering process. It will provide full ticketing services for the next eight years.

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PRS champions girl power

PRS FOUNDATION (PRSF) has launched a collaborative European programme Keychange, which aims to empower women to transform the music industry.

As part of the initiative, 60 female artistes and innovators have been selected for the two-year programme, culminating in an event at the European Parliament in Brussels in 2019, when a manifesto for change will be presented.

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Spotify to stage first live show

MUSIC STREAMING platform Spotify is to hold its first live music event in the UK at London’s Alexandra Palace (cap. 10,250).

Who We Be on 30 November, featuring rap, grime and hip hop acts and based on Spotify’s urban music playlist, is being co-promoted with SJM Concerts.

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Viagogo faces court action on home turf 

SWISS GOVERNMENT consumer watchdog the SECO has brought a civil action against Geneva-based ticket resale platform Viagogo, to stop the company using business practices it deems unfair.

SECO, which has received more than 260 complaints against Viagogo from across the world including the UK, wants the site to be more transparent by clearly displaying the final price paid for a ticket, including VAT, and non-optional surcharges. It should also indicate it is a resale site and stop exerting artificial pressure on customers to buy.

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Above and beyond at the Summit

THE IMPACT of the far-reaching influence of Live Nation Entertainment (LNE), the best solution for beating ticket touts and how former agent and Dire Straits manager “bluffed” his way to getting the band, were among the highlights of the LIVE UK Summit. 

Held at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in London’s West End, the 11th edition of the annual conference and networking event, took place on 12 October with more than 300 delegates in attendance.

The Masters of the Universe panel brought together some of the world’s top agents, United Talent Agency’s Neil Warnock, Sensible Event’s Andrew Zweck and Primary Talent International’s Matt Bates, to share their experiences and observations – moderated by Paul Simon and Mark Knopfler Manager Paul Crockford.

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  UK Best Venues for Contemporary Live Music
Part 2 Open-air venues, stadiums, arenas, campus venues, arts centres, clubs, pubs & bars.

The annual 88-page round-up of the most proactive venue managers and operators working predominantly with contemporary live music, featuring interviews with and profiles of key figures.
  UK Venues for Contemporary Live Music (2017)
Part 1 Theatres and Concert Halls

The annual 92-page round-up of the most proactive venue managers and operators working predominantly with contemporary live music, featuring a directory, interviews with and profiles of key figures.